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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park


Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is also called the Darjeeling Zoo is a 67.56-acre zoo in the town of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. The zoo was opened in 1958, and an average elevation of 2,134 m, is the largest high altitude zoo in India. It specializes in breeding animals adapted to high conditions and has successful captive breeding programs for the snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and the red panda. The zoo attracts about 300,000 visitors every year. The park is named after the daughter of Sarojini Naidu (Padmaja Naidu 1900–1975). The zoo serves as the central hub for Central Zoo Authority of India's red panda program and is a part of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


A zoo was installed on 14 August 1958 in the Birch Hill neighbourhood of Darjeeling under the Department of Education of the Government of West Bengal with a purpose to study and preserve Himalayan fauna. Its first Director and founder were Dilip Kumar Dey. Mr Dey, who belonged to the Indian Forest Service was on assignment to the Department of Education for the express purpose of building a high-altitude zoological park specializing mainly in Himalayan flora and fauna.

Full Address


Type of Place

  • Park
  • Zoo

Prefered For

  • Couples
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Kids
  • Senior Citizen


  • Bagdogra Airport
  • Shimla Railway

Important Information

  • Timing-- 8:30 to 4:30 Thursday Closed.


  • The zoo is popular for its conservation breeding programmes of the red panda, Tibetan wolf, Himalayan salamander, and snow leopard.

Things to Buy

  • Tea Handicraft Tibetan Carpet Hand Knitted Items

Things to Eat

  • Momos Thukpa Alu Dum Traditional Nepali Thali Dalle (Darjeeling Hills Pickles) Kakra ko Achar and Kinema Naga Cuisine Bengali Food Churpee Shaphalay Sael Roti Darjeeling Tea Darjeeling Orange Tongba

Things to enjoy